Marine Animal Rescue Organization Goes Global With First Rescue and Research Center Outside the U.S.

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(BPT) – SeaWorld is one of the largest marine animal rescue organizations in the world with nearly 60 years of experience in rescuing and rehabilitating animals in need, always with the goal of returning healthy animals back to their natural environments. Today it expanded its reach with the opening of its first rescue and research center outside of the U.S. in Abu Dhabi, U.A.E. Located on Yas Island, Yas SeaWorld Research and Rescue (YSWRR) Abu Dhabi is also the first-of-its-kind marine animal rescue organization for the research, rescue, rehabilitation and return of marine life in the Middle East North Africa region.

YSWRR will serve as an advanced knowledge hub focusing on local Gulf marine ecosystems. This new world-class facility is led by marine scientists, veterinarians, animal care professionals, marine animal rescue experts and educators who will collaborate with peers, environmental organizations, agencies, and academic institutions to positively impact long-term conservation efforts in the region.

The opening of YSWRR establishes a global network joined to three locations adjacent to SeaWorld parks in Orlando, San Antonio and San Diego. Together the four locations support local, regional and global conservation efforts for dozens of species, many of which are threatened or endangered.

The waters of the Arabian gulf are an important marine ecosystem and integral to the Abu Dhabi community and conservation of its animals and ecosystems are vital. YSWRR is a world-class facility with a state-of-the-art veterinary hospital, rescue clinic and a wide-ranging rescue fleet.

Located on Yas Island, rescue teams are on-call 365 days a year, to respond to sick, injured and orphaned animals in need. The applied knowledge and expertise gained from nearly 60 years of caring for a vast array of animals in SeaWorld parks informs the success of rescue, rehabilitation and return of sick, injured and orphaned marine life around the world. SeaWorld has rescued more than 40,000 animals to date.

Research is a key component of SeaWorld’s larger commitment to conservation and animal welfare and was established as a priority by its founders five decades ago. This commitment includes publishing research, sharing SeaWorld parks and facilities as controlled research environments, and funding and supporting projects around the world. SeaWorld makes meaningful contributions to science through the study of animals in our care and the SeaWorld team has authored or co-authored 400+ peer-reviewed articles, book chapters and books. Additionally, the Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute (HSWRI) is a non-profit scientific research organization that has provided innovative and objective scientific solutions to challenges threatening ocean health and marine life since 1963.

Interested but intimidated in joining a gym? These 5 expert tips can help

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(BPT) – You know staying active is important, especially as you age, so you’re considering signing up for a local gym. The problem is, a gym can be intimidating! If you’ve put off joining a gym for this reason, here’s what you need to know to feel comfortable and confident.

Exercise and healthy aging

Exercise is part of a healthy lifestyle at every age, but it is particularly important for seniors. Why? Sharlyn Green, a national trainer with SilverSneakers, says it goes beyond physical wellness.

“Regular exercise can help you maintain a healthy weight, boost your memory and decrease the risk for some diseases such as Type II diabetes and cardiovascular disease,” she said. “It can help you stay independent and able to keep doing the things you enjoy. It’s time to bust the misconception that gyms are only for younger people and fitness enthusiasts. Gyms are for everyone, no matter their age or abilities.”

To help everyone feel comfortable and confident as a new gym member, Green recommends these steps:

Step 1: Get a tour

Have someone who works for the gym show you where everything is. Don’t expect to understand immediately what it all does or how to use it. You’re simply establishing baseline knowledge so you can build your experience from there.

Remember, don’t be afraid to ask questions during or after your tour. Employees at a good gym will take an inclusive approach and be happy to help you by clarifying information or guiding you appropriately.

Step 2: Request a training program

People new to gyms typically get the best results from a personalized program created by a trainer. Print out the program for reference and to record what you do – which machines, how much weight, how many times you lift, etc.

Another option: For those who want a hybrid approach of working out at home or in a gym environment, participate in live, instructor-led and on-demand virtual classes and use the SilverSneakers® GO mobile app to get workout programs you can tailor to your fitness level and track your progress. There you can access live options for people who want a hybrid approach of working out at home or in a gym.

Step 3: Know the exercises in your program

It’s important to know where the equipment you need is and how to use it. Work with a trainer if you have questions. This person can guide you on proper techniques so you get the most out of your workouts and prevent accidents.

Understanding the equipment and gym etiquette is important for your safety and others’. For example, you don’t want to unintentionally walk into someone’s workout space and cause them to trip, fall or drop heavy weights.

Step 4: Learn how to adjust machines

Understanding the purpose of a machine is the first step, then you need to know how to adjust it to fit your needs. Depending on your height, weight, fitness level and goals, you may need to adjust certain machines every time you use them.

When in doubt, ask. It’s better to pause and use a machine correctly than go forward and risk hurting yourself or others. A trainer or gym employee can help you, so don’t be shy.

Step 5: Know how much weight or resistance to use

A good trainer will guide you in finding the appropriate weight or resistance for each exercise and share that information in your program. Use this as a foundation and adjust as needed, keeping in mind that as you progress, you’ll likely make changes to continue your health journey.

Again, if something isn’t clear, ask. It’s always better to start easier and adjust up rather than start too difficult and risk hurting yourself.

‘The machines and different spaces at the gym can be a great asset for seniors who want to focus on their well-being,’ said Green. ‘Remember to create a well-rounded workout routine that includes stretching, strength training and cardio to help improve flexibility, muscle mass, heart health and much more.’

SilverSneakers offers a broad range of physical activity, mental enrichment and social engagement opportunities in 2023. Members can go to thousands of fitness locations across the nation, plus take group exercise classes designed for seniors and led by supportive instructors. To learn more or check eligibility, visit